New Castle News

January 3, 2014

County incumbents sworn in for new terms

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Janet L. Kalajainen started her courthouse job when she was barely more than a teenager.

Now she is a grandmother, she told her coworkers Thursday, having worked at the Lawrence County Government Center for more than 30 years

Kalajainen is beginning her ninth, four-year term of office as Lawrence County register and recorder. She stood next to her husband, attorney Louis Pomerico, Thursday as she took her oath of office yet again.

She was one of five county government incumbents  sworn into office for new terms Thursday in a courtroom ceremony before the four Court of Common Pleas judges and prothonotary and clerk of courts, Helen I. Morgan.

“All of these incumbents ran unopposed,” President Judge Dominick Motto commented. “I can’t recall a time ... that I have said that before. It’s a credit to county government. They perform their duties so well and are so well thought of that nobody thought of running against them.”

Also sworn in were Sheriff Perry Quahliero for his third four-year term;  District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa for his second four-year term; District Judge Scott A. McGrath for his second six-year term; and District Judge Melissa A. Amodie for her third six-year term.